Master of Education (M.Ed.)

Special Education

K-12 Virginia Licensure Track

Online 46 major credits * 24, 28 or 32 months*

Affordable Tuition


*if using financial aid

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Program Highlights & Benefits

Learn the skills needed to help students with disabilities or special needs reach their full potential

24, 28 or 32 months* completion time, including holiday breaks

Possible to complete student teaching in your own classroom

No weekend classes

What You Learn

The mission of Averett University is to prepare students to serve and lead as catalysts for positive change. Averett fulfills this mission by educating students from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and nations through liberal arts-based undergraduate and graduate programs in a personal, collegial, interdisciplinary environment. Graduates of this program will be equipped to assess special needs students and apply appropriate instructional strategies to help them meet educational goals. Students will engage in critical analysis of current research in special education. Your field experiences and student teaching placement will be directly supervised by Averett faculty, who all have years of experience in K-12 classrooms.

How You Learn

Online Format: The M.Ed. in Special Education K-12 Licensure Track is presented in an accelerated, cohort-based format that allows you to earn your teacher certification over 24, 28 or 32 months*. You’ll take classes no more than two at a time in six- to 12-week blocks for intense study of each concept. Small classes accommodate productive discussions, participation in projects and personal attention from your instructor. You will be required to complete field experience hours and a student teaching placement in order to earn your VA teacher certification in the area of Special Education. Students will be required to meet online with the university supervisor.

Career Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will have earned an M.Ed. in Special Education. Upon successful completion of the required licensure exams (including the VCLA Exam, the RVE Exam, the Praxis Subject Assessments (if applicable), graduates will be eligible for initial teaching licensure in the area of Special Education for grades K-12.

Degree Requirements

ED 518Orientation to Graduate Education Programs1
ED 501Research in Education3
ED 502Adolescent and Child Psychology3
ED 504Philosophy of Education3
ED 508The Exceptional Student3
ED 515Internship/Seminar in Special Education6
ED 516Transition Planning and Services3
ED 569Classroom Mgmt and Positive Behavioral Supports3
ED 571Curriculum & Instruction for Students with Learning Disabilities3
ED 573Practicum in Special Education1
ED 576Collaboration in General and Special Education2
ED 579Assessment of Learning3
ED 540Survey of Reading3
ED 542Diagnoses & Prescriptions for Reading Difficulties3
ED 544Practicum in Diagnoses and Prescriptions of Reading Difficulties3
ED 567Math Curriculum & Instruction Adaptation3
 Total Credit Hours:46
Please Note:

Program and course requirements are subject to change. Successful completion of the required licensure exams is necessary for certification.

Students will be required to complete a full-time student teaching placement under the supervision of Averett faculty in order to be eligible for certification.

In lieu of a thesis, students will complete a Comprehensive Exam by responding online to a set of essay questions over the space of a weekend.

*The 24 month option is available to students starting in a spring semester only.